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Profile of the Day: Charles X

Posted October 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French connections in your family tree? On October 9, 1757, Charles X of France was born at the Palace of Versailles. As the youngest male in the family, Charles seemed unlikely to ever become king. However, when his eldest brother died unexpectedly in 1761, Charles moved up in the line of succession. He was the younger brother of reigning Kings Louis XVI and Louis XVIII, supporting the latter while in exile. He would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matt Damon

Posted October 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Matt Damon! Today the star turns 44. Damon was born Matthew Paige Damon in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 8, 1970. He is the second son of Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carisson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. In 1988, Damon started attending Harvard University. That same year, he made his acting debut with a single line of dialogue in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza. It wasn’t until 1997 that Damon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yo-Yo Ma

Posted October 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Does music run in your family? Today legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrates his 59th birthday! Born in Paris France to Chinese parents, music was a large part of everyday life in the Ma family. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music at Nanjing National Central University. A child prodigy, Ma began performing in front of live audiences at the age of 5 and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W. K. Kellogg

Posted October 6, 2014 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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Today we remember W. K. Kellogg, who passed away on this day in 1951. He was best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which produces a wide variety of breakfast cereals. Kellogg was born Will Keith Kellogg on April 7, 1860 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He helped his brother, John Harvey Kellogg run the Battle Creek Sanitarium which was where they pioneered the process of making flaked cereal. In 1906, Kellogg founded the Battle… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

Posted October 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Gwen Stefani! Today the rocker turns 45. Born in Fullerton, California, Stefani rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band No Doubt. She later pursued her own successful solo career and launched the hit fashion line L.A.M.B. Her love of fashion developed at a young age after her mother taught her to sew. Keeping music in the family, she is currently married to British musician Gavin Rossdale. Today you can catch her on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Mahatma Gandhi, who was born on this day in 1869. Widely described as “the father of the nation” by Indians, Gandhi lead India to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil disobedience. He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 to a Hindu merchant caste family. He studied law in London and spent 21 years in South Africa opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. It was there that he developed his political leadership skills… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

Posted October 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 1, 1553, Mary I was crowned the Queen of England. The eldest daughter and only surviving child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary was the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty. After succeeding the short reign of her Protestant half-brother Edward VI, Mary restored England to Roman Catholicism. In the process, she had nearly 300 religious dissenters burned at the stake, earning her the nickname “Bloody Mary.” Her re-establishment of Roman… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ted Danson

Posted September 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Cheers? On this day 32 years ago, the hit sitcom starring Ted Danson premiered on television. Set in a Boston bar “where everybody knows your name,” the show focused on a group of locals who met to drink, relax and socialize. In his breakthrough role, Danson played former baseball player and bartender Sam Malone. He would receive 11 consecutive Emmy nominations, winning the coveted statue twice for his comedic performance. Did you know the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

Posted September 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read the classic story Don Quixote? On this day in 1547, author Miguel de Cervantes was born in Madrid, Spain. His father was a surgeon and his mother was the daughter of a nobleman. Dubbed “El Príncipe de los Ingenios” or “The Prince of Wits,” Cervantes’s work had a profound influence on Spanish literature. Not much is known about the Spanish author’s early years. He led an adventurous life and enlisted as a soldier in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: T.S. Eliot

Posted September 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to T.S. Eliot! On this day in 1888, Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri to an old Yankee family. His grandfather, William Greenleaf Eliot, was most notable for founding Washington University in St. Louis. In 1914, Eliot emigrated to England at the age of 25. It was around this time that he began a lifelong friendship with poet Ezra Pound. He was naturalized as a British subject in 1927. Eliot published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Hamill

Posted September 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mark Hamill! Today the Star Wars star turns 63. Hamill was born on September 25, 1951 in Oakland, California to Virginia and William Thomas Hamill. He made small appearances on television before catapulting to stardom as the star of George Lucas’s film Star Wars. The 1977 film was an instant hit both domestically and internationally and marked the beginning of one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood history. Hamill has also gone on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching The Muppet Show? Today we remember Muppet creator Jim Henson on what would have been his 78th birthday. He was born James Maury Henson on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi to Betty Marcella and Paul Ransom Henson, an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While in college, he began working as a puppeteer for a local television station. It was there that he first developed his most iconic character, Kermit the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sigmund Freud

Posted September 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-five years ago today, famed neurologist Sigmund Freud died at the age of 83 from a lethal dose of morphine. Known as the father of psychoanalysis, Freud’s radical and controversial theories about the mind transformed the field of psychology. Freud was born on May 6, 1856 in Freiberg, Austria. At the age of four, his family moved to Vienna, where he would live and work for the remainder of his life. In 1881, he earned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne of Cleves

Posted September 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 22, 1515, Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Düsseldorf. The match between Anne and the King was urged by his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. However, shortly after meeting Anne, Henry had misgivings about going through with the marriage, stating that he believed he was mislead about her appearance. He urged Cromwell to find a legal way to avoid the marriage, but doing so was impossible without endangering the vital… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Posted September 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show? On this day 44 years ago, the groundbreaking sitcom starring Mary Tyler Moore premiered on television. The show marked the first time a single, never-married, independent career woman was the central character on TV. The show was an instant hit with audiences and critics. Moore would win 3 Emmy Awards for her performance. Today, the show is remembered as one of the most critically acclaimed programs ever produced. Were you a fan… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Gandolfini

Posted September 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of The Sopranos? Today we remember actor James Gandolfini, who was born on September 18, 1961. He was born to Italian parents Santa Penna, a high school lunch lady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and cement mason. Due to the influence of his parents, he developed a strong sense of Italian American identity and visited Italy regularly. He skyrocketed to fame when he took on the role of Tony Soprano on the hit… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ritter

Posted September 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Three’s Company? On September 17, 1948, star John Ritter was born in Burbank, California. He was the son of actress Dorothy Fay and Tex Ritter, a singing cowboy/western star. Although he grew up surrounded by show business, Ritter did not intend to follow in his parents’ footsteps. However, after being persuaded to join a drama class, he changed his college major from psychology to theater arts. He got his big break as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter Falk

Posted September 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Columbo? On September 16, 1927, star Peter Falk was born in New York City, New York. A versatile actor, Falk found success on both the small and big screen. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award and won five Emmy Awards, four of which were for his most memorable character, Lt. Columbo. Did you know at the age of 3, Falk had a tumor in his right eye and had to have… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

Posted September 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels? On this day in 1890, the best-selling author was born in Torquay, England to a wealthy upper middle-class family. Educated in her home by her mother, Christie was encouraged to write from a very young age. During World War I, Christie served in a hospital as a nurse while her husband served as a Royal Flying Corps pilot. In 1920, she was finally able to publish her first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Hudson

Posted September 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 12, 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson began his exploration of what is today the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen. Under the employment of the Dutch East India Company, Hudson explored the region to find a shorter route to Asia. His journey up the river not only opened up North America for further exploration, but also established Dutch claims to the region and to the fur trade that prospered there after a trading… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Posted September 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Swedish connections? On this day in 1850, legendary opera singer Jenny Lind gave her first concert in the United States at the Castle Garden in New York. Known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” Lind was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century. A sensation across Europe, Lind was persuaded by showman P.T. Barnum to undertake a long tour across the U.S. Barnum’s advance publicity made her a celebrity before she arrived in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Arness

Posted September 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching the show Gunsmoke? On this day in 1955, the popular Western show premiered on television. Taking over the starring role in the TV adaption was actor James Arness, who would portray Marshal Matt Dillon for the next 20 years. Arness got the role on the recommendation of John Wayne, who introduced him in the prologue of the first episode. With Norwegian and German ancestry, the naturally blond actor had to die his hair darker for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Posted September 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Hugh Grant! Today the British actor turns 54. He was born Hugh John Mungo Grant in London, England to Fynvola Susan MacLean and Captain James Murray Grant. Before pursuing a career in theater, Grant studied English literature at Oxford. He achieved international success after staring in the comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. Since then, he’s gone on to star in several hit films, including About a Boy, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually. What’s your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patsy Cline

Posted September 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Patsy Cline song? Today we remember the legendary country singer on what would have been her 82nd birthday. She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia to Hilda Patterson Hensely, a 16-year-old seamstress, and Sam Hensley, a 43-year-old blacksmith. Cline was introduced to music at an early age, singing in the church with her mother. As a teen, she left school to help support her family after her father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Rivers

Posted September 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember pioneering comedian Joan Rivers, who died September 4 at the age of 81. Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, no subject was off limits to the always self-depreciating and sharply-tongued comic. She was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice Grushman and Meyer C. Molinsky. During the 1950s, Rivers began doing stand-up routines in nightclubs. Her career took off after her appearance on the The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Irwin

Posted September 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Steve Irwin, who passed away on this day in 2006 at the age of 44. Known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” Irwin spent much of his life devoted to wildlife conservation and environmentalism. He was born on February 22, 1962 in Victoria, Australia and grew up on a wildlife park owned by his parents. At the age of nine, he began handling crocodiles. Did you know Irwin and his wife Terri spent their honeymoon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.E. Cummings

Posted September 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e e cummings Today we remember poet E.E. Cummings, who died on September 3, 1962 at the age of 67. He was born Edward Estlin Cummings in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Unitarian parents. He went to Harvard University, where his father taught, before leaving to serve in World War I overseas as a volunteer for the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps. During his time abroad,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Harmon

Posted September 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of NCIS? Today star Mark Harmon celebrates his 63rd birthday! He was born Thomas Mark Harmon on September 2, 1951 in Burbank, California. His parents were Heisman Trophy winner and broadcaster Tom Harmon and artist Elyse Knox. A gifted athlete, he was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in college. Forgoing a career as a professional athlete after college, he decided to pursue a career as an actor. Throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Posted August 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Casablanca? Today we remember star Ingrid Bergman, who was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 1915. She lost both her parents at a very young age; her mother died when she was 3 and her father passed when she was 13. After her father’s death, she was sent to live with an aunt, who died of heart disease only six months later. At 17, she received a scholarship to the Royal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have German ancestry? On this day 265 years ago, German writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was born in Frankfurt, then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe’s works are considered the beginning of the Sturm und Drang movement in German Romantic literature. His is perhaps best remembered for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he began around the age of 23… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Minnie Driver

Posted August 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight’s season finale of the popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? features British actress Minnie Driver. Known for her roles in Good Will Hunting and The Riches, Driver will embark on a journey to learn more about the life of her secretive father. She was born Amelia Fiona Driver on January 31, 1970 to Ronnie Driver, a successful businessman, and Gaynor Millington, a designer and former couture model. Her parents separated when she was 6, but it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Fitch

Posted August 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever ridden on a steamboat? On August 26, 1791, inventor John Fitch was granted a U.S. patent for the steamboat. Fitch was born January 21, 1743 on a farm that is part of present-day South Windsor, Connecticut. He served briefly during the American Revolution, working mostly as a gunsmith for the New Jersey militia. By 1785, Fitch began working on ideas for a steam-powered boat. Two years later, he successfully demonstrated his steamboat… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Posted August 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 84th birthday to Sean Connery! He was born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Euphemia McBain, a cleaning woman, and Joseph Connery, a factory worker and lorry driver. Before becoming an actor, Connery’s first job was a milkman at the age of 13. Three years later, he joined the Royal Navy. Connery’s big break came in the role of secret agent James Bond in the film Dr. No. The part would prove… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard III of England

Posted August 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 22, 1485, Richard III of England was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III served as king of England for only two years. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. When his brother Edward IV died, Richard was named Lord Protector of the realm for Edward’s 12-year-old son. However, before the young king could be crowned, his parent’s marriage was declared invalid,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Posted August 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Dirty Dancing? On this day in 1987, the classic movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was released in theaters. A gifted dancer, Swayze had studied ballet for years under the tutelage of his mother Patsy, who was the director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company. The surprise box office hit instantly established Swayze as one of Hollywood’s leading men. He would go on to star in many more notable films, including Ghost, Point Break and Donnie Darko. Today… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kelsey Grammer

Posted August 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier? On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, the star will explore his family heritage. His journey reveals surprising stories and hardships about his grandmother’s family. Along the way, he also discovers his family’s connection to the Oregon Trail, one of the greatest migrations in American history. Did you know Grammer is related to his former Cheers co-star Ted Danson? Ted Danson is his 12th cousin thrice removed! Before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Posted August 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching the original Star Trek? On August 19, 1921, creator Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. Before finding success as a screenwriter and producer, Roddenberry served in the United States Army Air Force. During World War II, he flew 89 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After the war, he continued to work as a commercial pilot for Pan Am. Roddenberry later moved to Los… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted August 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The long struggle for women’s equal right to vote began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lurcretia Mott, the event was the first women’s rights convention of its kind to be held in the U.S. Stanton is credited as one of the founders of the American suffrage movement. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Posted August 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 245th birthday of French Emperor Napoleon I, also known as Napoleon Bonaparte. Considered one of the greatest military strategists in history, Napoleon established hegemony over most of continental Europe. Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 to Carlo Maria Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Romolino in his family’s ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, in the French town of Ajaccio. He gained military and political prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution. In a coup… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Halle Berry

Posted August 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Halle Berry! Today the famous actress turns 48. She was born Maria Halle Berry in Cleveland, Ohio to Judith Ann Hawkins, a psychiatric nurse, and Jerome Jesse Berry, a hospital attendant in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked. Her parents divorced when she was four years old. Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Ohio USA in 1986. She has tackled a wide variety of roles throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Valerie Bertinelli

Posted August 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight actress Valerie Bertinelli explores her family history in the newest episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the television comedies One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland. In tonight’s episode, Bertinelli travels to England where she makes a surprising discovery about her ancestral connections to the British aristocracy. Have you discovered royal connections in your family tree? Before tuning in, explore Valerie Bertinelli’s family tree on Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robin Williams

Posted August 12, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember actor Robin Williams, who passed away yesterday at the age of 63. After rising to fame as the alien Mork on the television series Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a successful film career, earning multiple Oscar nominations and a win in 1997 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting. He was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to Lara McLaurin, a former model, and Robert… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Posted August 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence, you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory.” Today we remember Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away on August 11, 2009 at the age of 88. A member of the Kennedy family, Eunice was the fifth of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. A passionate… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

Posted August 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the office of the President in a nationwide television address. In doing so, he became the first president in American history to resign the office. Born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9, 1913, Nixon’s early life was marked by hardship. He later quoted a saying of Eisenhower to describe his childhood, “We were poor, but the glory of it was we didn’t… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Leakey

Posted August 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, famed paleoanthropologist and archaeologist Louis Leakey was born in Kabete, Kenya. He was born to British Christian missionaries, who had been sent to live among the Kikuyu, Kenya’s largest tribe. Growing up in Africa, Leakey had always had a keen interest in his natural surroundings, amassing a personal collection of natural objects and stone arrowheads and tools. It was this early interest that would spark his lifelong passion towards the study… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rachel McAdams

Posted August 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you enjoying watching this season’s crop of stars on Who Do You Think You Are? Tonight’s episode features actress Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen as they investigate their Canadian roots. Their search reveals an English ancestor who worked as a footman. Rachel McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario. She is best known for her roles in The Notebook, Mean Girls, and Sherlock Holmes.  Do you have English or Canadian roots?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted August 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe passed away at the age of 36. She was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1926. Soon after her birth, her last name was changed to Baker. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model and small parts in film. She soon caught the attention of major studios, and went on to star in films… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Venn

Posted August 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you seen today’s Google doodle commemorating the 180th birthday of English philosopher John Venn? He is most famous for inventing the Venn diagram, a useful way to describe logical relationships between sets. Image: Google John Venn was born August 4, 1834 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire to Martha Sykes and Henry Venn, who was the rector of the parish of Drypool. Venn was descended from a long line of church evangelicals, including his grandfather Rev…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted August 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any frontiersmen in your family tree? On this day in 1903, American frontierswoman and folk hero Calamity Jane died in South Dakota. She was born Mary Jane Cannary on May 1, 1852 and was the eldest of six children. Little hard facts are known about her life and much of what was said was likely embellished or fabricated by writers and storytellers of the day. However, it is known that by the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday to J.K. Rowling! Today the “Harry Potter” author turns 49. She was born Joanne Rowling in Yate, England on July 31, 1965. Rowling adopted the pen name “J.K.” after her publishers asked her to use two initials, rather than her full name, anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman. She chose “K” as the second initial of her pen name from her… Read the full story

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